Dependency and Addiction in Kids and Adults: Live Discussion with Dr. Deena Manion

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“Mommy Juice” “Rose all Day” “Wine-O-Clock” – What does it mean to be a “wine mom” – and more, what does it mean for our kids? Do we have a problem or will our kids? Let’s explore it all – desire, dependence, abuse, alcoholism and what’s appropriate for our kids with Dr. Deena Manion, an addictions specialist.

She will guide those of us with kids older than ten, with what to expect, what to question and if we need to lock up the liquor. She will answer questions on how we might talk about drinking, edibles, and other substances. Give us the facts about rates of use among parents and kids. How to not be the “cool parent” but the right-level-of-responsible one. What does peer pressure look like today? And how we might prepare our kids for the drinking habits on college campuses.

Part of The Mother Company’s series on Parenting in a Pandemic.


Dr. Deena is a doctor of psychology and licensed clinical social worker since 1993. Dr. Deena is also a Clinical Coordinator and Media Expert for treatment centers in the Los Angeles area. She has a private practice in Agoura Hills and Los Angeles where she sees a variety of clients with mental health and addiction issues. Dr. Deena has been working in the field for many years and has a broad range of clinical skills.

Dr. Deena specializes in multiple areas including substance abuse, depression, anxiety, couple counseling, family therapy, personality disorders, and more. Dr. Deena has gained knowledge through multiple years of schooling, and working with thousands of clients over her time as a therapist. Dr. Deena has her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College, Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Pace University. Dr. Deena has been a licensed therapist in New York from 1993, and is licensed in California since 2001.

In addition to private practice and consulting, Dr. Deena heads up a well known addiction and mental health treatment center. Dr. Deena held the position as Chief Clinical Officer and Clinical Director of Malibu treatment centers since 2000. She has worked in the field of addiction and mental health since 1991. She worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, homeless clinics, and public and private schools in California and New York.

Dr. Deena is extremely passionate about helping her clients and has worked with a wide variety of people for over 30 years. She finds value in using specific techniques and experiential forms of therapy to provide clients with a meaningful and productive experience.

Originally from the East Coast, Dr. Deena worked with patients and families in prominent New York hospitals, outpatient centers and the public school system in Connecticut before moving to California in 2000.


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